Steven Price

My book

Media Minefield


Guide to NZ Media Law

Official Information Act

Official Information Act


Bill of Rights Act

Media law resources

Feeds (RSS)


« | Main | »

Mau about gay issues

By Steven | February 23, 2010

Well, recent events have given a certain piquancy to the broadcasting standards complaint about this exchange between Paul Henry and Alison Mau, on Breakfast last year:

Henry:  …a little bit later in the morning I thought we might talk about the Acting Principal Family Court Judge’s call that it’s time the adoption laws were updated to reflect society. What he’s effectively saying, I think, is that you shouldn’t discriminate against homosexual couples when it comes to adopting. I’m a little bit iffy on that…
Mau: Why? Why shouldn’t same sex couples raise children just as well as mixed sex couples?
Henry: It’s not natural, is it?
Mau: Oh don’t start that.
Henry: Well it’s not natural, is it? It’s obviously not natural.
Mau: Not your sort of natural, no.
Henry: It’s not God’s sort of natural and I’m not even religious, but it can’t be, it’s not, like, natural, is it? Like you don’t get a whole clan of cave bears that are all male because that just couldn’t happen. It’s not natural.
Mau: You’re just determined to open a big can of whoop-ass aren’t you?
Henry: I’m not trying to do it… I’m merely…
Mau: Raising a talking point? That’s fine.
Henry: Because I mean people will… it smacks of the sort of thing the Labour Government did of course, doesn’t it? I just think you know I’m iffy on it, ‘cause we’re talking adoption aren’t we? I’m just iffy on it.
Mau: Yes goodness me, iffy – it smacks of human rights. How outrageous!
Henry: Yes human rights. A lot of bad things have been done under the… guise of human rights, haven’t they?

And later…

Henry: Well, it is. It is unnatural, homosexuality…
Mau: No, it’s not.
Henry: …But is it wrong?
Mau: [reading feedback] “To call this unnatural is ludicrous and narrow-minded. Gay couples are great parents and are more than qualified to raise children. In short, it’s about accepting that society is diverse.”
Henry: I mean, it is unnatural though. We shouldn’t be frightened of saying that it’s unnatural. It is unnatural. Although homosexuality is through all species. I don’t know if it’s through all species but many, many species. A lot of monkeys are homosexual.
Mau: Actually… we had one text that said that somebody’s aunt had a homosexual pair of magpies who tried to, who were sitting on eggs to try and hatch them.
Henry: Extraordinary. And they didn’t, did they, hatch? Where did they get eggs from? They stole the eggs, thieving homosexual magpies. The thing is, though, if you go to any animal park, and I’ve got to be careful what I say here, but if you go to any animal park, you will find monkeys being filthy with each other.
Mau: That is completely beside the point.

It seems that Paul Henry didn’t know, and if he did, he’s an even bigger tosser than if he didn’t.

The BSA complaint was about denigration/discrimination. The complaint was – rightly, I think – rejected. The threshold for denigration complaints is high. This was part of a political discussion about adoption. And when viewed as a whole, Alison’s robust responses counteract a lot of the damage to the standard.

Topics: Broadcasting Standards Authority, General | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Mau about gay issues”

  1. best restaurants birmingham alT-Bone's Authentic Philly Style Cheesesteaks And Hoagies Says:
    October 19th, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Read More Informations here|There you will find 80030 more Informations|Infos on that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  2. engineering Says:
    November 5th, 2017 at 2:57 am

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Read More Infos here|There you will find 20582 more Infos|Informations to that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  3. ADME Says:
    November 8th, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Informations here|There you can find 9933 more Informations|Informations to that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  4. in vivo DMPK studies Says:
    November 20th, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Find More Informations here|There you can find 75694 additional Informations|Informations on that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  5. see this site Says:
    November 25th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Infos here|There you will find 78307 additional Infos|Informations on that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  6. Best Engineer Aws Alkhazraji Says:
    November 30th, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here|Read More|Find More Informations here|There you will find 26426 additional Informations|Infos to that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  7. Dokter anak jakarta pusat Says:
    December 4th, 2017 at 8:08 am

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Infos here|There you will find 1524 more Infos|Informations to that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  8. العراق Says:
    December 10th, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Read More Infos here|There you will find 49241 more Infos|Infos to that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

  9. Aws Colarts Diyala3 Says:
    December 12th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Informations here|There you can find 52839 additional Informations|Informations on that Topic: medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=347 […]

Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.